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NHL News & Notes: Dobson, NBC, Aston-Reese & Tkachuk

NHL News & Notes: Dobson, NBC, Aston-Reese & Tkachuk

August 13th, 2018 In the news today, Noah Dobson has signed his entry-level contract with the New York Islanders, NBC has released their broadcasting schedule for the 2018-19 season, Zach Aston-Reese is healthy and looking to make a solid impact at the NHL level and the Ottawa Senators have officially announced the...
Penguins' Guentzel Poised to Get Paid

Penguins' Guentzel Poised to Get Paid

August 11th, 2018 40 goals. I'm not even going to bury the lede here. I firmly believe that Jake Guentzel is going to score at least 40 goals next season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. This kid has been very, very good in his first two NHL seasons, and he has the potential to be so much better. If my predictions...

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July 4th, 2018
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July 1 was an interesting day for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Columbus Blue Jackets castoff defenseman Jack Johnson smiled like the Cheshire cat while being introduced to the Pittsburgh media. Also in a surprise move, the Penguins brought back a familiar face in the form of 41-year old Matt Cullen. These moves give general manager Jim Rutherford 13 NHL-ready forwards and six defensemen. So that's all she wrote for the offseason, right? According to Rutherford, maybe not. https://twitter.com/SethRorabaugh/status/1013502673176465409 Many in the hockey world anticipated a big Penguins trade during the draft, and again at the start of free agency, but no blockbusters as of yet. This may be the roster that coach Mike Sullivan begins the season with, and that's OK. I have become fairly optimistic about Rutherford's additions, and the chances of this club as currently constructed. But today I'd like to take a look at some possible moves that could happen prior to the start...
July 2nd, 2018
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So the Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Jack Johnson. Take a deep breath. It’ll be OK. The mood in the city has taken a shift from doom and gloom to, "no worries, Sergei Gonchar will fix him." I would advise somewhere in the middle with a wait-and-see approach. There are definite reasons for both concern and optimism, but we really won't know the true results of the acquisition until sometime in November. Jack Johnson Is an Advanced Stats Nightmare Way back in August 2015, I had just come aboard THW and was covering the Columbus Blue Jackets. I wrote an article titled "The Blue Jackets Should Trade Jack Johnson". So to all those skeptical of this acquisition, I know how you feel, and unfortunately, many of the points that I made in that article have actually gotten worse. Johnson finished the 2017-18 NHL season with a Corsi-for percentage (CF%) of 47.27 per the Corsica Hockey website. To put that into perspective, Matt Hunwick who had the worst numbers on the Penguins,...
July 1st, 2018
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a five-year deal worth $16.25 million, the team announced Sunday at the start of free agency. The deal comes with an annual cap hit of $3.25 million and will keep Johnson under contract through the 2022-23 season. It was originally reported to be in the work by Mark Madden and was confirmed by the Penguins https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1013474435096088576 This deal also comes just a week after the Penguins cleared up cap space by sending Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres, though it was reportedly agreed upon just hours after the trade took place. A veteran of 12 seasons in the NHL, Johnson has played in 788 games split between the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets since being drafted third overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. With 66 goals and 278 points in that time as well as a very impressive five goals and 21 points in 23 playoff games, Johnson has proven that he has the...
July 1st, 2018
Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins fans should feel more relaxed at the start of NHL free agency than Alex Ovechkin after a long day partying with the Stanley Cup. OK, maybe not that relaxed. But in all seriousness, I count three significant reasons why the Pittsburgh faithful should feel pretty good about their chances during the inevitable frenzy that is July 1 in the hockey world. General manager Jim Rutherford is arguably the best in the league at his craft. He picked up the remnants of a failed dynasty created by Ray Shero and produced two Stanley Cup-winning teams. Nearly every decision Rutherford makes reinforces his greatness, assuming that you can get past the Jack Johnson rumors. The Penguins have a committed ownership group that will spend whatever is necessary to make the team successful. This is more than can be said about another professional franchise in town, but that's another conversation. Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle recognize that they have an opportunity with...

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10 Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins in Franchise History

The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... May 26th, 2018

Penguins Hockey - The Last Days of the Igloo

Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, affectionately known as The Igloo and former home of Penguins hockey, is finally being demolished. - Story by Brian Lutz Strange things happen before every Pittsburgh Penguins home game. Up until game time, everyone lucky enough to secure tickets does the same... October 24th, 2011